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SESSION 2 : 6 January 1870 - Profession of faith

    I, Pius, bishop of the catholic church, with firm faith believe and profess each and every article contained in the profession of faith which the holy Roman church uses, namely: Apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and all other observances and constitutions of that same church I most firmly accept and embrace. Likewise I accept sacred scripture I profess also that

1.     baptism,

2.     confirmation,

3.     the Eucharist,

4.     penance,

5.     last anointing,

6.     order and

7.     matrimony; and

may not be repeated without sacrilege.

    I likewise receive and accept the rites of the catholic church which have been received and approved in the solemn administration of all the aforesaid sacraments. I embrace and accept the whole and every part of what was defined and declared by the holy council of Trent concerning original sin and justification. Likewise I profess that I confess that under either species alone the whole and complete Christ and the true sacrament are received. I firmly hold that I resolutely assert that images of

1.     Christ and

2.     the ever virgin mother of God, and likewise those of

3.     the other saints,

are to be kept and retained, and that due honour and reverence is to be shown them.

    I affirm that the power of indulgences was left by Christ in the church, and that their use is eminently beneficial to the christian people.   I acknowledge the

0.     holy,

1.     catholic,

2.     apostolic and

3.     Roman

church, the mother and mistress of all the churches 1.


0.     all other things which have been transmitted, defined and declared by the sacred canons and the ecumenical councils, especially the sacred Trent, I accept unhesitatingly and profess; in the same way

1.     whatever is to the contrary, and whatever heresies have been condemned, rejected and anathematised by the church, I too condemn, reject and anathematise.

This true catholic faith, < be can none which of>, which I now freely profess and truly hold, is what I shall steadfastly maintain and confess, by the help of God, in all its completeness and purity until my dying breath, and I shall do my best to ensure 2 that all others do the same. This is what I, the same Pius, promise, vow and swear. So help me God and these holy gospels of God.

1 The Profession of faith of the other fathers added: and I pledge and swear true obedience to the Roman pontiff, successor of blessed Peter the prince of the apostles, and vicar of Jesus Christ

2 The profession of faith of the other fathers continues: my subjects, or those for whom I have responsibility in virtue of my office, hold, teach and preach the same

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